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Self-Indulgent and a bit flat
Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest (DVD)
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Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest (DVD)
Advantages: Very faithfully recreated
Disadvantages: Not too funny and too short to be good value
Family Guy is one of the most popular comedy series on television, following the dysfunctional Griffin family. It is a show steeped in its ability to mock everything and its fanboy love of film and sci-fi.
Blue Harvest is a Family Guy spoof of Star wars, lovingly created with the permission of George Lucas (Which is incredibly rare and shows how much love the Family Guy team put into selling this to them).
Blue Harvest recreates the story of Star Wars, putting the Griffin family and other Family Guy characters into the original roles, it allows the writers to mock elements of the film and pasts, adding the Family Guy characters own issues to the mix.
This story is narrated by Peter Griffin to his family during a blackout, he casts himself in the role of Han solo, his wife Lois plays Princess Leia, while son Chris plays Luke, Brian the dog plays Chewbacca and Stewie the baby plays Darth Vader. Cleveland and Quagmire are interesting as R2-D2 and C3-PO but they don't deliver as many laughs as regular episodes, also Meg is in it for moments only, which is disappointing, although her cameo is excellent.
The episode is a full recreation of Star Wars, but in many ways I felt disappointed as I didn't really get much new from this, I know the story of Star Wars and after a while the novelty of these comedic characters playing the main parts wears off and it has to rely on the gags, which don't match the story at all, some of the mickey takes of famous star wars scenes are spot on, while others are either too far on the geeky side or simply not funny enough to hold their own.
There are interesting jokes, as always with the Doctor Who mention being a strange one, but it shows the range of the writers sci-fi knowledge, there have previously been great star wars jokes in Family Guy episodes and some of the better ones would have added to this no end.
The recreation of the space crafts and the battles are excellent, the visuals have either had more money put in or had some help from Lucasfilm and you can really see the difference, one of my problems with this dvd though is it lacks the humour of other episodes and is a bit too fluffy, rather than having the usual edge, while we have Hubert the dodgy pensioner as Obi-Wan, his parts singing of his love for Chris/Luke are pretty weak and distract rather than add to the film, it feels like filler and there are jokes to that effect during the episode.
There is mention during the episode about tie-ins being rip offs and even for £5 the 45 minute episode seems a bit thin, there are extras on the disc, there is an introduction to Family Guy and a commentary from the writers which is informative but a bit laddy!
There is a making of feature and an interview between the Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane and George Lucas which is fun in parts.
There is a 'Star Wars Clip Show' which is a compilation of Star Wars jokes from previous Family Guy episodes too, which is good fun, but nothing special for fans of the series.
Overall what comes through from the DVD is the writers love of Star Wars, but in many ways this is distracting as they put too much effort into the recreation and not enough into making it funny, its a bit steep making this a dvd simply for a 45 minute episode and its disappointing on a lot of levels. We bought it for £14.99 when it came out and it now seems ridiculous as its only £5.48 on Amazon.
For devoted fans of Family Guy and Star Wars this is a must, for everyone else, I wouldn't recommend buying it, its not as strong as most Family Guy episodes and is too indulgent to be truly enjoyable.
Summary: Self-Indulgent and a bit flat
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